James Horner's Titanic Score.

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I would love to hear other people's opinions on what they thought of the score for Titanic by James Horner. I loved it and can't stop listening to it. I think it plays a major factor in the emotional response you feel towards this film. Do you have a favourite track on the CD? I would love to hear what other Titanic Fans think!

-- Brian Knatchbull (kermit@interlog.com), December 26, 1997


track #1, #4, and #11 They make me cry!

-- Angie Pascale (lpascale@penn.com), December 27, 1997.

I can't stop listening to it, either. I ran out and bought it the day I saw the film. I don't think James Horner could have done a better job; the melodies are haunting and stomach-knotting. I love track #4 which brings back the most vivid memories of the film. It's not just background music; it grabs us by the collar and drags us into Jack and Rose's world. Every note captures my attention. It will always make me think of the ocean, beautiful, vast and calming, yet forever harboring the untold.

-- Susan DeBiasio (debiasio@ici.net), December 27, 1997.

I can't think of a movie that touched me more than "Titanic". I truely enjoyed the soundtrack and thought that James Horner did an excellent job. My favorite track is definitely #4. Although I do have one pet peeve--track number three sounds exactly like Enya's "Book of Days". In fact, a lot of the soundtrack sounds like Enya. I'm giving rave reviews and making everyone I know see this terrific movie. Bravo!

-- maureen ward (mw278075@wcupa.edu), December 28, 1997.

Hi Maureen

I agree with you in what you said about different sections sounding like Enya. That is because the magical vocals are sung by Norwegian superstar Sissel who has a similar sound to Enya. I like the sound of both of these artists very much and maybe that is partly why I like the total sound of "Titanic". It has great range and the music can really touch you. At least it has done that with me.

-- Brian Knatchbull (kermit@interlog.com), December 29, 1997.

We are listening to it right now and we love #14 and all the other songs that sound like it. It really is alot like Legends of the Fall by the same composer, James Horner. If you like Titanic be sure and check out Legends of the Fall. The music can impact our lives like no other influence, if not for the music our hearts would not have been ripped out like they were. Just remember the "heart must go on. Near Far where ever you are".

-- Annie and Heather Brinson (brinsons@msn.com), December 29, 1997.

Yes James Horner has done some great soundtracks. In fact if you listen closely you will hear bits of Patriot Games and Star Trek II in the Titanic soundtrack.

-- Brian Knatchbull (kermit@interlog.com), December 29, 1997.

They should have included Nearer My God, To Thee, that really made me cry. Tracks #3, #4, #5, #6, #12, #15 are the best... hey I like them all!

-- stephie (lolliepop13@yahoo.com), December 31, 1997.

My wife and kids bought me the sound track cd for Christmas even before I had seen the movie and I am glad they did because I understand it is getting harder and harder to come by. This is a beautiful, haunting score. If you watch tv at all, you will notice the various networks are starting to use cuts from it for backround music for intros to sporting events and the like. That didn't take long!

-- Peter Nivling (pcnivling@capecod.net), January 03, 1998.

Oh my gosh, I love this music!! The best are definitely tracks #4, #8, and #11--they capture the true essence of Jack and Rose's love. And who could forget "My Hear Will Go On." And what about that picture of Jack and Rose in the water? It brings tears to my eyes and moves me as deeply as the music.

-- Shannon (ewbarrington@juno.com), January 04, 1998.

Four is the best!!! The whole thing is great though. It sounds a lot like music from the movie Far and Away...anyone else agree? It is still wonderful

-- Becky (Raisongal@aol.com), January 04, 1998.

I don't have the soundtrack yet, but I'm sure once I do, I'll love it just as much as all of you because I loved the movie and the background music. I saw the movie twice.

-- Heather (ClickyLove@aol.com), January 05, 1998.

I just got the Titanic soundtrack today, and it is such a treasure because I've been looking for it for so long. My favorite tracks are 4. Rose, 3. Southampton, 11. A Promise Kept, 12. A Life So Changed, and 15. Hymn To The Sea. I love the score and think its one of the most beautiful ones I've ever heard, but I was a little disappointed that none of the Irish dancing music was included, since it was my favorite in the whole movie. Does anyone know why they didn't put it in? And like many others, I would have liked to have heard Nearer My God to Thee.

Annie :) :) :)

-- Annie (titanic16@hotmail.com), January 09, 1998.

In order of preference: 4. Rose, 1. Never an Absolution, 15. Hymn to the Sea, 3. Southampton. Love the title "Never an Absolution." So so true! Love the lyrics to "My heart will go on" but I guess after hearing the wonderful vocal range of Sissel I don't like Celine Dion's singing. Talk about being spoiled! I think part of the reason the entire film is so haunting is because of this score. I can't stop listening to the CD, I'm glad I know how to program my CD player to not play the sinking-ship songs. One of the reasons they didn't play Nearer my God to thee is because there's controversy whether or not they really played this. Sure it was the band leader's fav, but James Horner can't be too controversial, this might be construed by some as toe-stepping.

-- Jen (jendrew@hotmail.com), January 13, 1998.

This is definately one of the greatests scores ever written for any movie. I guess everyone agrees cause the CDs and cassettes are totally sold out here. I really don't know how to describe the whole thing but in a way, it's haunting and some how it really fits the era the Titanic "lived" in ... mystical and enchanting. Least that's how I see it. Like Brian, I can't stop listening to it either and my neighbours probably think I'm mad too :o)

-- Jamie (d9733954@mail.connect.usq.edu.au), January 16, 1998.

Wow, everyone basically likes the same songs, of course, they remind us of Jack and Rose - So, here are my favorites, very similar to what you all have said already -

#4 - I love that scene, and the music just takes me back to it, I can even hear Jack and Rose talking - it's very moving, that's one of my favorite parts of the movie. #8 - Can't you guys see Rose and Jack's face as she's going down in the lifeboat #11 #12 of course #14 and #15! I like #1 too

-- Andrea!~ (ExMusic@AOL.com), January 27, 1998.

I've only seen the movie twice and just got the score. Can anyone help me connect tracks to things happening in the movie. I figured out that #4 is seeing the Titanic at Southampton dock. Thanks!

-- crystal smithwick (csmithwick@hst.com), January 27, 1998.

I just got the soundtrack last night! My husband borrowed it from a girl at his work, so I had to return it today, but taped it to a cassette. I can't seem to get my hands on it. Everytime I go shopping for it, it is sold out! Listened to it twice without stopping. (Had to put headphones on after the kiddies went to bed!) It brought back so much of the movie! I've seen it twice, and that was about a month ago, and I could still see everything! Such beautiful music, I sat in a chair and my eyes just filled with tears, it's sooooo beautiful!!! Going to see the movie a third time this weekend.

To crystal: If you pay attention to the order of the songs, it follows along with the order of the movie. I'm working on just memory here, so I may not be 100% accurate (don't have the CD anymore!) #1 "never an absolution", is the opening scene of the movie...ie, the close up of the dark water when the title of the movie comes up "TITANIC." #2 escapes me for now, but #3 South Hampton, is when all the people are gathering to board the ship, you hear the crewmen shouting orders and third class people are lining up for their lice check, the car gets boarded, then Rose and Cal's cars come into view, and then the terrific shot of Rose getting out of her car, (love the hat!) #4 Rose, not sure #5 Leaving Port, when Titanic is let loose to leave and we see people waving and Jack and his friend are excited and this is where the tugboats are taking Titanic to sea. The shot I think of most, is the one where you see this tiny little tug boat pulling Titanic out to sea, and the Titanic absolutely FILLS the screen, and you really get the idea of just how HUGE she is! #6 Take her to sea, Mr. Murdoch, This is where they do that great airial (sp?) shot of the Titanic and all the people on board, this is where Jack and his friend (I can't remember his name!) are on the bow of the ship and Jack shouts "I'm king of the world!" and then they see the dolphins. I could go on, but I think that should get you started, hope it helps!


-- Caron (bianchi@iserv.net), January 28, 1998.

What a beautiful and emotionally moving piece of work! James Horner is definitely one of the best composers working today, in a league with such greats as Ennio Morricone and John Williams. And speaking of John Williams, who composed the score for the movie "Home Alone": Did anyone notice, in track #3 of 'Titanic", a similarity of one of the two themes to the Christmas song in "Home Alone"? It doesn't bother me at all; if James Horner was subconciously influenced by Mr. Williams he couldn't have picked a better influence. TIP - Another great score by James Horner is from "Glory" (another superb and very moving film)

-- dkosh (dkosh@msn.com), January 28, 1998.

There are parts of Titanic that sound like Star Trek II, yes, but don't forget Aliens. Horner has this thing for using "cow bells" which clank around to make the audience excited, and he does this with Titanic as well. But if you want to know what I'm talking about, listen to tracks #4 and #8 on the Aliens soundtrack and you'll hear it. "Take Her To Sea, Mr. Murdoch..." almost sounds like the track from Star Trek II where the Enterprise is leaving the space station. I personally think there's a closer relationship between Aliens and Star Trek II than between Star Trek II and Titanic. That's just me, though. Anyway, you can pick up these similarities in other composers as well. Ever noticed how the Star Wars soundtrack sounds similar to the one for Superman? Or how the fanfare from Jurassic Park sounds like Star Wars? Or how Tomorrow Never Dies sounds like Stargate? Check it out, soundtracks are amazing musical accomplishments and I think people should listen to them more often.

-- Dave Phillips (Sonitus@USA.net), January 29, 1998.

this music is breathtakingly and hauntingly beautiful...magnificently orchestrated that touches one's body and soul. it gives a peaceful yet , tragic and dignified feeling that transports you back to that 'ship of dreams'...truly extraordinary! music does play a major factor in a film...helps to capture the whole spectrum the movie tries to send to its audience and with Horner's music it gave us the experience of being in that ship and with Jack and Rose---quite emotional. favorite track is " Rose "--- i think it sums up her feelings on love, her lost and her life.

-- M.M. (masima@earthlink.net), January 30, 1998.

after thought: has anyone heard of the 'dialogue' remix of "My Heart Will Go On"? because this is one brilliant track!! a must heard!!!

-- M.M. (masima@earthlink.net), January 30, 1998.

We've heard two different dialogue mixes on the radio in southeastern Michigan. They're done like the one from "Jerry Maguire" last year. No idea if they can be purchased anywhere, though.

-- dkosh (dkosh@msn.com), January 31, 1998.

It's the best soundtrack I've ever heard. I agree with what everyone has said. I really admire James Horner's work. He first caught my attention with the score to Braveheart, which is also hard to forget, but not to the exteme of Titanic. Braveheart was the last movie I saw that really captivated my like this, but Titanic is more powerful still. Incidentally, I hear they will be releasing a second CD for Titanic in the fall when the video is released. It's supposed to contain the Irish music from the steerage party, some of the sting music from first class, and other songs. I really can't wait to hear it!

-- Cindy (Cydwalker@aol.com), January 31, 1998.

James Horner has always been one of my favorite composers. If you want to hear another excellent soundtrack of his, check out (don't laugh!) An American Tail (remember Feivel the mouse!). Especially listen to track #5 which contains hauntingly beautiful vocals **very** similar to Titanic's. The orchestral songs performed by the London Symphony Orchestra are great. The soundtrack also contains the awesome 1986 Grammy-winning song of the year "Somewhere Out There" another great emotion-wrenching tune by Horner.

-- Tom M (tmcd@ionet.net), February 21, 1998.

My favorites are tracks 1, 4, 7, 8, 11,and 14. But does anyone have ANy idea where track 13 is played? this is bugging me sooo much!! I think I narrowed all the others down but this!

-- chris (angelee426@aol.com), February 24, 1998.

I love numbers 1,3,4,12, and 15, but # 8 is my absolute favorite. Probably because it's from my favorite part of the movie, when Rose is lowered in the boat and she jumps out and everything. Has anybody heard the dance remix to "My Heart Will Go On"? You can hear a short piece of it on MTV on the "ten to the hour, every hour" news briefs.

-- Sara (sarar@rnet.net), February 25, 1998.

For those who have remarked about the similarities between the soundtracks of Titanic and Star Trek II, there's good reason for it; James Horner was the composer for both films.


-- Kip Henry (kip-henry@ouhsc.edu), February 25, 1998.

Chris: Track #13 was played at the end, when Brock Lovett was shown, the pictures of Rose, and the encore at the end with all the characters. The last part of #13 and the beginning of #8 are my favorites. I have listened to it so many times I can specify the particular sections of tracks! Looking forward to the release of the second soundtrack!

-- Rose (rosemarie17@hotmail.com), February 25, 1998.

A-ha! So James Horner did do the sound track to Braveheart! I thought they sounded alike! I love them both! (Titanic more)

-- Lianne (liannegraham@oone.net.au), February 26, 1998.

I think that James Horner's music is neh...John Williams is a better composer. HAHA

-- James R. Horner (JamesHorner@horner.com), October 20, 2002.

James Horner is the best.

-- blue nose (sousaphoner@hotmail.com), January 23, 2003.

I love track number 10 Death of Titanic. It's a beautiful song and the french horn's make me stop what I'm doing, just so I can enjoy that song. James Horner is a great composer. I love the soundtrack and listed to it over and over while I'm at work:0)

-- Amy (Verismo1221@yahoo.com), June 25, 2003.

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